Impact 's Safety Protocol
Washington state has updated its COVID-19 school and child care guidance on August 5, 2022.
Health and Safety Requirements for this Fall:
- Scholars and staff who show symptoms of COVID-19 are required to stay home, and should get tested for COVID-19.
- Scholars and staff who test positive for COVID-19 are required to isolate at home for 5 days. If symptoms improve and they have had no fever for the past 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications, scholars and staff can come back to school and are encouraged to test before returning. See page 2 of the Department of Health guidance.
- Scholars and staff returning to school after isolation should wear a well-fitted mask from days 6 to 10. Individuals returning to school from isolation should also remain masked for sports and other extracurricular activities. See page 6 of the Department of Health guidance.
- Scholars and staff who test positive after 5 days of isolation must stay at home for the full 10-day isolation period. See page 6 of the Department of Health guidance.
- Schools must inform scholars, families, and staff when there are cases or outbreaks in school. Schools are no longer required to directly notify high risk scholars or staff. See page 3 of the Department of Health guidance. Impact will continue to notify high risk scholars and their families of exposure via ParentSquare, in line with our core value of Brave Solidarity. Faculty will be notified of any scholars in their classrooms who test positive as well as receive a daily report of cases in your school community. We will also continue to maintain our public COVID-19 Dashboard that you can access here.
- All employees, volunteers, and indoor contractors in educational settings are required to be fully vaccinated or have a medical or religious exemption per Governor’s proclamation 21-14.3.
Frequently Asked Questions About CURRENT QUARANTINE GUIDANCE & SAFETY GUIDELINES (based on the Department of Health guidelines for schools in Washington)
- Are masks required? While it is not required, we recommend that scholars and faculty wear N95 or KN95 masks to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. If you need an N95 or KN95 mask, please reach out to your Operations team or your manager.
- If a scholar or staff member has been exposed to COVID-19, they may continue to attend school, child care, and activities as long as they do not develop symptoms within 10 days of exposure. Scholars should wear a well-fitting mask around others who are at high risk for getting very sick with COVID-19 for 10 days after the exposure and get a PCR test or negative antigen test (including at-home rapid test) on day 5 (per the CDC guidelines).
- If a scholar or staff member has COVID-19 symptoms they are required to stay home and they may return to school following a negative PCR test or a negative antigen test (including an at-home rapid test). If an antigen test is used, it is recommended (not required) that it is followed up with a PCR test or serial antigen testing performed every 3-7 days for 14 days.
- If a person with COVID-19 symptoms does not get tested or see a health care provider and receive an alternative diagnosis, they should follow the same isolation guidance as someone who tests positive for COVID-19. This is irrespective of vaccination status.
- If a scholar or staff member tests positive, the scholar and/or staff member is required to do a 5-day quarantine at home. Additionally, 24 hours must have passed since the last use of fever reducing medicine and last fever, and symptoms must have improved.